The Traveling Life

BASILE: For more fun, invite serendipity into your summer road trips

July 26, 2014
Frank Basile
No matter what our plan, we are always flexible about modifying it if we come across some unexpected sight or event. Frequently the most interesting experiences are unplanned.
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BASILE: Visiting Vegas (while steering clear of the tempting slots)

December 28, 2013
Frank Basile
A beyond-high end car dealership? A mobster museum? On a recent trip to Sin City, I experienced another side of Vegas.
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BASILE: Odds are Branson visitors will be treated like family

September 28, 2013
Frank Basile
Hokey? Sure. But other cities could learn something about customer service from how this Missouri country mecca.
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BASILE: Getting to Cuba isn’t easy, but rewards are worth it

July 27, 2013
Frank Basile
The Cuba we found was quite different from the Cuba of 1958, frequently portrayed in books and movies. Instead, of neon and casinos, we found crumbling buildings and functioning 1940s and 1950s American cars.
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BASILE: My (big) easiest destination choice: New Orleans

April 27, 2013
Frank Basile
I have been remiss in not writing anything about a prime tourist destination—and my hometown—New Orleans. Correction time
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TRAVEL: For best experience, go with no reservations

December 29, 2012
Frank Basile
Like most of our trips, the only reservations we made were for the flights.
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BASILE: In Houston, a megachurch offered a practical message

October 27, 2012
Frank Basile
As a professional speaker myself, I could appreciate his pacing and understated gestures.
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BASILE: Glad to say goodbye to Kaliningrad

July 28, 2012
Frank Basile
Two Russian policemen approached me and asked to see my “papers.” After a cursory look, they escorted me into a small cinder block “interrogation” room, which could barely contain the three of us and my backpack.
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TRAVEL: Learning about roots makes Sicilian sojourn worthwhile

April 28, 2012
Frank Basile
The only information we had about my ancestral family on my father’s side was a baptismal certificate for my paternal grandmother. It said she was baptized in a town called Alia.
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TRAVEL: Surprise! Carmel has turned into a place I'd like to visit

January 28, 2012
Frank Basile
Over the past few months, we’ve fallen in love with a charming city just a few miles north of our Indianapolis home.
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TRAVEL: Gambling on wedded bliss in Las Vegas

October 29, 2011
Frank Basile
We did not want a traditional wedding. So we went to the traditional home of non-traditional nuptials.
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TRAVEL: Overcoming Olympic travel hurdles in Greece

September 17, 2011
Frank Basile
How a tour guide named Poopie kept an accident from turning into a traveller's nightmare.
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TRAVEL: Heading south of the border again and again

August 27, 2011
Frank Basile
Katrina and I have made more trips (10) to Mexico and traveled to more cities and towns there (35) than we have to any other foreign country in the last 12 years.
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BASILE: Navigating South America proves challenging

May 28, 2011
Frank Basile
Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana are connected to South America by land and little else.
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Frank's rules of travelRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Frank Basile
Following these guidelines can make for a better vacation
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BASILE: Your personal history can be highlight of a trip

November 27, 2010
Frank Basile
These days, it’s easier than ever to reconnect with important people online. But face-to-face is still far better than Facebook when it comes to telling someone how important he or she was in shaping the person you’ve become.
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BASILE: For an in-state outing, you can bank on Wabash

August 28, 2010
Frank Basile
Instead of writing about some international location this time around, I thought I’d rediscover something near home: Wabash, southwest of Fort Wayne.
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BASILE: Greenland has little dramatic history ... or greenery

May 29, 2010
Frank Basile
The highlight of the trip: the inspiring ice fields of Ilulissat.
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BASILE: Three lessons from a harrowing trip to Paraguay

March 27, 2010
Frank Basile
Our trip to Uruguay and Paraguay did not get off to a good start. And it went downhill from there.
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BASILE: Building memories by booking it to presidential libraries

November 28, 2009
Frank Basile
Until the first George Bush opens his presidential library, I've seen them all.
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BASILE: PBS film could return national parks to national discourse

September 26, 2009
Frank Basile
One of the best things our government ever did was to set aside land for national parks and to keep each in pristine condition while making them accessible for people to visit. Each is different and has its own unique setting and breathtaking beauty.
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BASILE: When cruising Antarctica, comfort isn't first priority

August 29, 2009
Frank Basile
There are cruises to the Antarctic in large luxury ships that go near the islands—close enough to afford magnificent views. But those ships are too big to get close enough to go ashore.
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BASILE: Following in the footsteps of Darwin in the Galapagos

June 29, 2009
Frank Basile
There's nothing like following the wildly influential thinker Charles Darwin's own footsteps, which I had the pleasure of doing by visiting the beautiful, mysterious, isolated and enchanted Galapagos Islands.
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Iran: A peaceful sojourn into the 'Axis of Evil'Restricted Content

May 18, 2009
Frank Basile
Iran is a magnificent and historically important country. It contains nine World Historical Sites as designated by UNESCO. Only 20 countriesâ??including Greece, China and Italyâ??have more.
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A Persian Gulf excursion gives hint of locals' opinions of AmericaRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Frank Basile
Throughout our visit to five countries in the Mideast, we found the people friendly and helpful.It is not our purpose on these trips to argue with the locals or try to convert them to our way of thinking, but simply to learn about them, their culture and ideas.
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